RFR: 8200559: Java agents doing instrumentation need a means to define auxiliary classes [v2]

Peter Levart plevart at openjdk.java.net
Mon Apr 19 09:07:36 UTC 2021

On Fri, 16 Apr 2021 20:30:15 GMT, Rafael Winterhalter <winterhalter at openjdk.org> wrote:

>> To allow agents the definition of auxiliary classes, an API is needed to allow this. Currently, this is often achieved by using `sun.misc.Unsafe` or `jdk.internal.misc.Unsafe` ever since the `defineClass` method was removed from `sun.misc.Unsafe`.
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>   8200559: Java agents doing instrumentation need a means to define auxiliary classes

From: Alan Bateman
> JDK-8200559 is about defining auxiliary classes in the same runtime package at load-time whereas I think the proposal in this PR is adding an unrestricted defineClass to the Instrumentation class. I think this will require a lot of discussion as there are significant issues and concerns here. An unrestricted defineClass might be okay for tool/java agents when started from the command line with -javaagent but only if the Instrumentation object is never ever leaked to library or application code. It could potentially be part of a large effort to reduce the capabilities of agents loaded via the attach mechanism. More generally I think we need clearer separation of the requirements of tool agents from the requirement of framework/libraries that want to inject proxy and other classes at runtime.

I think it would be easy to limit the use of this Instrumentation method to the agent code as agent classes are loaded by the bootstrap classloader. Simply make the method implementation caller-sensitive and check the caller is from bootstrap class loader. This way Instrumentation instance escaped to application code would not give that code any ability to define arbitrary classes.

Good enough?


> Separately, the proposal in JEP 410 is to terminally deprecate ProtectionDomain.


PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jdk/pull/3546

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